3rd Analysis

Ok, I am not quite sure if this site works because many of the archive links are linked to other archives and universities.  However, I enjoyed the site, the "lost museum" and it’s 3-D digital reconstruction of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum.  The museum was lost in a fire and there are images and background information on the exhibits and historical context of the museum’s existance.  I simply enjoy it’s design and interactivity, I should have asked in class but I didn’t think of it until later. -Jen-

Elapsing Time…

   During our Calvino project where we linked our page to separate and for me often newly visited sites I considered the instability of internet media.  However, I did not consider the historical repercussions until reading Roy Rosenzweig’s article on this subject. What kind of portrayal will be left of our cultural history?  Similar to censoring a history book though actually devaluing and erasing certain representations of the spectrum of our experience.  Though, I think these individual collections will fill in the holes like in other time periods.  Unfortunately, these will only be preserved if there are physical and non web based archives as back-ups.  I found this article very interesting, it was easier for me to relate this information to our studies.  Many of the other readings while also entirely relatable did not grasp my attention quite as quickly.

In class today we discussed the several possible directions and ideas for our media analysis.  It was very helpful to be given some time to explore the possible sites.  However, I especially appreciated the list of sub-questions even though we had discussed the questions.  It will help to have something to look at when deciphering the archives.  Many of the archives I have looked at have been somewhat limited.  So, I am veering toward the comparative analysis of a couple of sites.  At this point I need a few more hours to explore my options.  I will post my decision tommorrow. 

-Jen-

Memories…

  On the topic of American memory, I would have to agree with Jackie about it’s disorganization.  Even after discussing the search engine in class I had trouble finding what I wanted to find. Although, i found the image format TIFF and it’s possible uses intriguing.  It is a good idea to digitize these documents if only for preservation purposes.  It is also nice to have access to these original images and enabled to utilize the enhanced information they allow.

   The discussion we had for the project got me thinking but I’m still in abstract stages.  It will take some investigation, I am thinking along the lines of film or photography archives.  If anyone finds anything interesting or useful to get me thinking let me know! Either on here, in class or my email is jparker6@gmu.edu.  Or even any interesting directional ideas would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks, and everyone have a great thanksgiving break!! -Jen-

Reflecting Perplexia

The Bomar Gene defines individuality in a unique sense, the reader is enticed to explore either sense of narrative; either the circles or squares.  The simple difference I found was that the circles seemed to be more emotional than the square links were.  I thought this site was particlarly aesthetically pleasing but still organized and sensible in it’s interaction.

The underlying scrolling phrases seem to identify the basic ideal behind the text in an metaphorical relation to the individual stories that appear depending upon the choice of lexia.  Howeve, I did not notice a direct interaction between the two, the underlying text seemed random and not related specifically to the changing stories above. 

The immediate difference between the Bomar gene and the Lexia to Perplexia is the graphic element.  While The Bomar gene contains this aspect, it is much more oriented in an organization that does not shift when the reader interacts with these elements.  That is to say, in general everything stays in order.  The scrolling geometrical links are attop the chosen narrative and the fundamental biline seems to continue independent on the bottom.  However, in Lexia to Perplexia there is a journey through image and text which include pop-ups, though similar to that of the offset pop-ups somewhat related to the main story identified in the Bomar Gene, the pop-ups the main textuality in Lexia to Perplexia.  I found that, like Afternoon, clicking upon one may create another option within a link that initially had no affect or only one affect.  I especially enjoyed how the visual stimulation often occurred with no complicated textual component adding to the experience.  Though, I would have to say the language in this Lexia was confusing to me, as I am only partially computer oriented.  The computer and perhaps html speak did not keep my attention as much as the graphical elements did.

The overall transmission of each of these sites was completely opposite for mt interpretation purposes.  I found that the Bomar gene spoke to a much more literary side of me and the Perplexity drove me to re-read for lack of connection to the concept.   However the interacting imagery in Lexia to Perplexia drove my focus to try and comprehend it’s purpose.  I felt these two texts were fundamentally opposing in structure while still comparable in style. 

weekly post

   The understanding VORN site was interesting, definately very visually appealing.  It was odd that the site linked to several personal sites across the net.  I do not read the magazine and so I would not know where to start with comparing.  Though, pehaps it is the variety of people interested in the magazine.  I found the collage of images inpiring as I love collage, the combining of many purposes designed for one particular marketing purpose (in this case).  Upon clicking into the sites I felt rather intrusive but honestly it was at times fun to look at other people’s messages to friends and whatnot and see the intended purposes of the image, if there was one in particular.  The most illusive images of fall leaves were In a language I could not read, I first assumed Japanese but just now I thought I don’t really know what Japanese looks like so it could be any of the languages with different letters from our own.  The resulting image was beautiful at times though more interesting on the pages with several images as opposed to four.  However, the text was obviously very disjointed as it is simply thoughts and musings of normal people.

Peicing together Pax

  Ok, I checked out the color of Television and Pax and these were different than what we’ve see so far, although Pax was somewhat similar to the statue game.  Except that you are given several possible characters to choose from.  However before I get into that I wan to mention that as of yet The color of television overwhelms me I don’t know what to follow or think yet. There are multiple stories on each page and side tracks explaining the text or simply quotes from unknown sources, the bible, literature, etc.  I read the initial story but could not find my way back to that particular story but i did find the fellow who ate a cockroach, ick! doing eye replacement surgery later on.  (Ick again) I can handle the ick, it’s just going to take a little more time in this exploration. I spent a little while with that but I needed a change of pace, and was happy to see that Pax was game-like, I like that kind of involvement. 

Pax stands for peace in French I beleive and there were many ideas dealing with war politics and peace.  I read the instructions first so i would have a good idea what i was dealing with.  I beleive this was made by one of the same writers of the last hypertext The color of television.  Though it was very different except for the inclusion of multiple stories.  I soon found people who’d thoughts I enjoyed.  My favorite little jokester was Susi K which I later found out stood for something else.  She was sarcastic and young.  I also liiked Butcher’s insights he was introspective and deep but with a hint of cynicism.  Another I often chose was Mirabella who was an introspective type. 

There was a soldier, scientist, doctor, a president and the oddest was Agnieska R.  Agnieska, I’m assuming is Polish or something because there is a Polish girl I work with named Agnieska. Though most likely she was Russian because the Author had said something about Russian ideology and causmonauts. She said nothing ever, but sometimes she just repeated the last thing that was written, no matter how many times I chose her, nothing original.  I thought maybe she doesn’t speak english but wouldn’t something appear?  The four different sessions had different feeelings a time progression in a twighlight zone type death?  Many simple statements came from numerous characters.  I enjoyed exploring the characters but often wished I could get more distinct characteristics from them.

They both seemed rather kaleidascopic especially pax because te themes change and it depends on when you choose a character.  The color of television was like a combination of Hegirascope and Afternoon a story.  That’s all the insight I have at the moment.  I look forward to discussing them in class. ;)

Analysis of Afternoon, a story

A Mid-day Mystery

Upon entering this world of "Afternoon" I am swept up into a sea of memory. The imagery is very lucid yet somehow there is a detachment from this arrangement of dreams. At times there is an undeniably random feeling to the links as one thinks what has this to do with the other? It is similar to dreaming with awareness, flowing together like trains of thought. It is like being in another’s head with separate memory from your own and trying to understand how the narrator/writer is navigating through these imaginings.

I am drawn to the moments of awareness of itself as a text, that the story suddenly becomes secondary to the writer allusions to context or purpose. There are several moments within this fragmented story where it seems to be the voice of the writer, either intermingling with the thought pattern or secluded from it. What drew me to the page entitled ""Anchoring Devices" was its separateness, like an explosion of the writer’s memory. As though he got so caught up in the free association of the narrators’ images that he could not help getting caught up in his own mind.

Suddenly, Michael Joyce is thinking and speaking of where pieces of the story or it’s foundation arrived from and there is no transition which announces his entrance to the compilation. This makes one question whether there are other memories coming from him. Are these interspersed quotes from the author to clarify the meaning of the text or are they Nasicaa’s or the main character? This adds a written historical background to the story and perhaps a sort of mystery to the rest. He is discussing interactivity and anchoring and some of the writers and theorists on the subject somewhat matter of factly but there are connected memory throughout. The allusion he makes to this conference sperring the idea of the crystal bowl of candies, he connects this momentary lapse to an image which appears a couple times through the story, and the strange memory suddenly belongs to the history of the story. He becomes another character in this way, and he leaves us pondering his image of the "dazzle of the ocean."

We are taken from here by entering and following the proposed lineage of these lexias to "Blowup" which is supposedly a description of the characters from this movie which is mentioned several times. The imagery is of solitude, an "industrial landscape" and the "absentedness" of life. Although presumably he is describing the movie, it all seems to describe the characters within this narrative as well. The word "sterile" to describe the horizon and "electric blue veins" imagery seems medical in nature; alluding to the accident and medical workers and the character’s lives are absent yet "also broken by occasional moments of passion." Like this one perhaps? The language is lonely and painful yet passionate and the similarities explain its connection to this detached memory train that we ride. The colorful imagery is contrasting to the "pastel grey-brown smokestacks" and seems an imaginary representation of the hum drum lives "shot through with color" or passion. He even invites two of the characters Albers or Werther in as examples of how this memory of film relates to his experience.

From here we enter the lexia entitled "Always" I think no matter what we choose. This lexia is extremely short but describes his memory of films and how they relate to the happenings in the world and in his experiences. I found that I could go to different places depending upon which director I chose or by linking to "Death valley days." However, inevitably I chose to follow "Fellini" followed by the word dreams as this is what he taught. This travels to a wondrously self aware fantasy called "then I woke," by the narrator’s voice in which he describes his detachment and shock in the hopes that he will awake and all will be well. Though unfortunately, "it isn’t over yet, by any means, this story. No dream. Mother long gone." This line is fragmented like his feelings about the event which is haunting him, a dream from which he cannot awaken no matter how long he tries to avoid it’s reality. The line before this almost seems to have come from the writer, it seems to describe this text as much as it describes the main character’s journey to solve this mystery. It says that "there is no mystery" you should "backtrack" and perhaps, "take other paths." This line seems very descriptive of the patterns and possibilities this cyclical story enables.

Afternoon memories

The stories involved in Afternoon seem shuffled and re-shuffled and the same paragraphs are even embedded in different pages and seemingly different naration lines.  There seem to be numerous narrators and I am at times unsure as to the narrator’s gender which can become confusing at times.  However, generally the story involves many memories and charactors.  Although at times I am unable to assess which character belongs to what purpose or description.  Perhaps I jumped about too much ;).  Regardless, My inevitable conclusions seem similar to my classmates experiences so, I am assuming that the information stays relatively the same.  I got trapped in cycles several times, rereading the same path over and over.  Though, I was able to link out of it once I figured out the process. 

Whenever the writer alludes to an ending of sorts which never really seems to occur he gives insight into the pattern of the program.  He often says "There is no simple way to say this."  Throughout the story and upon an "ending" of sorts.  "When a story no longer progresses, or when it cycles, or when you tire of the paths, the experience of reading ends."  This is how he explains the closure within this type of reading.  So, it seems it may end several times throughout reading, but the experience ends when the reader chooses to end it.  He continues to give hope that words may take the reader to a different place each time and in different situations.  Similar to Hegirascope, there are quotes from different books and poems perhaps one of the characters’ intermingling with the narratives. 

So, the story can change based on the links you choose and upon answering questions with innumerous possible paths.  I wondered whether the system mixes paragraphs up or whether he just reuses them to create memory.  I suppose it is the latter however, as each page is titled, and presumabley each is already written.  There are many references to movies within memories and musical relations.  I suppose this is because it is tyed to so many of our memories and the paths our minds take when recalling them.